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With 1,451 biographies, Composers are the 15th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Basketball Players, Cyclists, and Tennis Players.


Pantheon has 1,451 people classified as composers born between 2 and 2005. Of these 1,451, 197 (13.58%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living composers include John Williams, Hans Zimmer, and Arvo Pärt. The most famous deceased composers include Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Johann Sebastian Bach. As of April 2024, 93 new composers have been added to Pantheon including Antonia Brico, Herms Niel, and Petrus de Cruce.

Living Composers

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Deceased Composers

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Newly Added Composers (2024)

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Most composers were born in Germany (180), Italy (176), and France (164). By city, the most common birth places were Paris (46), Vienna (32), and New York City (28).The most common death places of composers were France (187), Germany (185), and Italy (160). By city, these were Paris (98), Vienna (58), and London (42).

Places Over Time

The earliest biographies classified as composers in Pantheon are Hucbald, Aristides Quintilianus, and Eubie Blake.  The concentration of composers was largest during the Newspaper Era, which lasted from 1700 to 1899. Some birth or death locations for earlier composers are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.


Which Composers were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 25 most globally memorable Composers since 1700.